Salman Khan can be a difficult actor to work with, given his unpredictable mood swings and larger-than-life on-screen persona. To mould him into a believable, raw and real character can be a daunting task for any filmmaker, given the restrictions and limitations they are bound by, particularly Bhai’s hardcore fans, who only wait for the actor to take his shirt off! This exactly happens to be a matter of concern for Ali Abbas Zafar, who collaborates with Khan for the third time with the period drama, Bharat.
As we all know, the star will portray the role of a man who’s in search of his father who has disappeared during the Indo-Pak partition of 1947. Given the sensitivity of the subject, Zafar isn’t too convinced with the idea of glamorizing Khan’s character. On the other hand, Bhai wants to make it slightly more commercial to cater to a wider audience. This has put both the actor and the director in a dilemma. A source says, “Though it’s an adaptation of the Korean film, Ode To My Father, Bharat is being treated like a mainstream Hindi film, complete with the emotions and the drama of Partition, and a good dose of action in keeping with Salman’s image. Also, after the debacle of Tubelight, they don’t want to take any chances with this film.”
It continued, “More so, since Bharat has been scheduled as Salman’s Eid 2019 release and his die-hard fans will naturally expect him to do some hardcore action in it. So the superstar and his director are stuck with a dilemma, as they can’t incorporate too many commercial elements, lest it takes away from the essence of the subject. That’s apparently creating some differences between them.”
Will the filmmaker succumb to the actor’s demands and wishes once again, just like Kabir Khan and Remo D’ Souza?
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